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Highlighted Security Issues By EFF [ 2018 – 2012 ]

EFF (electronic frontier Foundation), is a digital rights organization and is fighting for users since its foundation.

Here is the timeline of all the issues they rise and


  • February 12: EFF released a report to highlight the use of face recognition by the law enforcement in San Francisco, California. [Complete text]
  • January 26: EFF and ACLU Ask Court to Allow Legal Challenge to Proceed Against Warrantless Searches of Travelers’ Smartphones, Laptops. [Complete Text]
  • January 18: EFF and mobile security company ‘lookout’ exposed a new malware spying campaign affecting thousands of individuals in more than 20 countries. [Complete Text]


  • June 5: EFF asked the Supreme Court to review the directive that risks transforming a law against computer break-ins into a mechanism for criminalizing password sharing and policing internet use. [Complete Text]
  • April 13: EFF demanded to the Court to repeal the ruling that allows remote control spying of American citizen on U.S soil. [Complete Text]
  • February 10: EFF told the Federal appeals court that the FBI search warrant used to hack thousands of computers around the world is unconstitutional. [Complete Text]
  • January 31: EFF informs that they will urge an appeals court along with law firms of Jones Day and Robins Kaplan to let an American continue his suit against the Ethiopian government to inject custom software into his computer and monitoring his communication. [Complete Text]


  • October 24: EFF told a federal appeals court that Ethiopia must be held responsible in the US for an illicit malware and digital spying attack on an American citizen. [Complete Text]
  • August 4: EFF reported an online phishing and malware campaign linked to the government of Kazakhstan targets journalists, political activists, lawyers. [Complete Text]
  • June 21: EFF along with others urged the citizens and website operators to take action to block a new regulation by the US Justice Department which largely expands the government’s ability to hack user computers and intrude the anonymity on the web. [Complete Text]
  • May 19: EFF asked US Army Court of Criminal Appeal to reverse the Chelsea Manning’s conviction for violating Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). [Complete Text]
  • April 19:  EFF filed a Freedom of Information Act (FIOA) lawsuit against the Justice Department for secret court orders forcing tech companies to decrypt customer information. [Complete Text]
  • March 3: EFF along with 46 other technology experts ask the court to take back the unconstitutional Apple orders which were forcing them to write and sign computer code disabling crucial iPhone security features. [Complete Text]


  • July 14: EFF urges the federal court to allow an American to proceed with his lawsuit against Ethiopian government’s illegal malware injection into his computer. [Complete Text]


  • November 18: EFF backed a non-profit organization to launch a one-click process to implement secure web browsing and increased encrypted internet traffic. [Complete Text]
  • November 4: EFF released a Secure Messaging Scorecard depicting many messaging technologies on the range of security best practices. [Complete Text]
  • October 23: EFF released ‘Surveillance self-defense’, a guide to privacy and security for internet users worldwide. [Complete Text]
  • April 11: Federal appeals court to take back the conviction of Andrew ‘weev’ Auernheimer who was convicted for violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) after he exposed a massive security flaw in AT&T’s website. He was represented on appeal by EFF along with others. [Complete Text]
  • March 18: EFF informs about the two hearings – Appeal of Andrew ‘weev’ Auernheimer CFAA conviction in Philadelphia and License Plate Reader Records Case in Los Angeles. [Complete Text]
  • March 18: EFF being a part of Auernheimer’s appeal team attended the Andrew “weev” Auernheimer CFAA conviction case and was available for interviews.


  • October 24: EFF submitted a brief in US court of appeal asks the panel to overturn contempt-of-court against Lavabit and its owner Ladar Levison for resisting government’s demand of private encryption key from them. [Complete Text]
  • July 1: EFF demanded the federal appeals court to clear Andrew ‘Weev’ Auernheimer, the researcher who revealed AT&T security flaw. [Complete Text]
  • March 18: The EFF joins Auernheimer’s legal team to litigate his appeal before the Third Circuit of Court of Appeals. [Complete Text]


  • April 15: Being the part of internet advocacy coalition Twitter campaign against the privacy-invasive bill, EFF created an interactive tool for people to find their representatives and their Twitter handles, and to share how CISPA’s privacy invasions would affect their day-to-day lives. [Complete Text]
  • April 10: EFF filed an amicus brief against the appeals court rules that violating corporate policy is not a computer crime. EFF urged the court to come to this conclusion as part of its ongoing work to ensure fair application of the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). [Complete Text]
  • February 27: EFF released the 2.0 version of HTTPS Everywhere for Firefox browser including the vital update that warns users about web security holes. [Complete Text]
  • February 24: EFF filed an amicus brief against the contempt and jail of a man who refused to produce unencrypted content on the demand of FBI agents and invoked his Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination. [Complete Text]
  • February 10: EFF has figured out and reported the security flaws in many services which take shortcuts in safeguarding user’s profiles and other sensitive data. [Complete Text]


  • August 4: EFF in collaboration with TOR project launched the 1.0 version of HTTPS Everywhere. [Complete Text]
  • July 8: EFF urged a federal court in Colorado to hinder government’s attempt to force women to enter a password into the encrypted laptop. [Complete Text]

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